Participation. Cooperation. Social Transformation.

CERi promotes principles of participation, cooperation, social transformation and knowledge translation to lift up and strengthen the capacity of SFU’s researchers and students, to engage respectfully and ethically with community members. 

Research that supports positive community change.

Based out of the new 312 Main co-working space in downtown Vancouver, CERi is SFU's first research infrastructure developed for the purpose of extending community-engaged research to provincial, national and international communities.

Simon Fraser University’s Community-Engaged Research Initiative (CERi) is a new university-wide strategic initiative of the Office of the Vice-President, Research.

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  • July 28, 2020

    July 28, 2020

    Meet Dr. Angela Kaida, SFU Faculty of Health Sciences Associate Professor and CERi Researcher-in-Residence, and learn more about her areas of research.

  • July 23, 2020

    July 23, 2020

    Community-based research depends on extensive face-to-face contact, yet physical distancing requirements challenge this basic precept. Following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, both academic and community-based researchers were impacted with limited notice and guidance for navigating these unprecedented times.

  • July 14, 2020

    July 14, 2020

    Meet Dr. Nick Blomley, SFU Professor of Geography and CERi Researcher-in-Residence, and learn more about his areas of research.

  • July 09, 2020

    July 09, 2020

    Community-engaged research (CER) has been conducted for decades by researchers at SFU and beyond. Yet this type of research has traditionally lacked appropriate recognition and resources to support it.


  • CERi’s Graduate Fellowship Program is designed to facilitate community-engaged research through a combination of financial support, mentorship, peer learning and professional development.

  • CERi’s Faculty-Student Research Program is a grant program available to SFU faculty and SFU registered graduate students.

  • In partnership with other institutions, the SFU Library coordinates a program to provide staff of charitable and non-profit organizations in British Columbia with access to the latest research and knowledge in their fields.

  • CERi’s Researchers-in-Residence program supports and promotes SFU faculty members actively practicing community-engaged research or whose research involves CER methods.

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